Monday, October 20, 2008

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

New favorite book :).  Seriously!  This book was so good and can easily be recommended to anyone.  It's told as a series of letters surrounding Juliet, a young (32 years old) British journalist just after the end of World War II.  She starts corresponding with a group of endearing, hilarious and inspiring residents of Guernsey, a channel island that was occupied during almost the entire war.  

The whole thing is fantastic, but my favorite little portion is this:  (Juliet is complaining about her single status...I may be able to relate...) "...What's the matter with me?  Am I too particular?  I don't want to be married just to be married.  I can't think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can't talk to, or worse, someone I can't be silent with."

Isn't that the best?  There is also a phrase describing what it's like to get completely sucked into a book...she describes it as "doing nothing...but move from bed to hammock to armchair..."  It just made me smile to envision, I love losing myself in an amazing book.  

Anyway, READ IT!!


Michaelynn said...

So true. I'm looking forward to this one. Thank you for all your reviews and recommendations ... but can you take a break for awhile? I've got this super long list and I'm starting to feel like this is some sort of reading contest with you and I'm totally losing. I'm calling a time out until I catch up!

(OK, not really. Keep those recommendations coming!)

Emily said...

I think I'll recommend this to my book club. I don't know what I'd do without your suggestions!